Saturday, January 5, 2019

Jan. 5: The bottomless pit....

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/torrance-california-bowling-alley-shooting-1.4967245

Wow! The killers must have been them there migrant women and children from Central America. I mean, Americans never shoot each other.
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For the last couple of days, I've been trying to figure what Trump's withdrawal from Syria tells us - about Trump.

He comes across as what he surely is - a man obsessed with a desire to be noticed,  to be admired, even to be loved. One can see that in virtually all public appearances by him.

His policies on immigration have little to do with reality, and everything to do with the common attitude of Americans (and others) to anyone who is different. Is this a real hatred he has? Or is it simply a policy of convenience for getting votes? It's almost certainly  the latter.

He has fallen naturally into the groove occupied by presidents since 1945. The U.S. (meaning American billionaires) must rule the world. Yes, this is the age of the American empire, the greatest empire in history, and the only one to rule the whole world. This is widely accepted in the U.S. as the will of God. To that purpose, the U.S. has been almost constantly at war since 1945, with an imperial score of some 30 million dead.

Alas! The number of dead far exceeds the number of conquests. The U.S. has been good at killing, but rather weak on conquering. One thinks here of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, perhaps Iraq. One thinks, too, of the rise of its rivals - Russia and China.

But every president, going back to Truman, has been obsessed with conquest, with war, with mass murder - and all for the benefit of the very wealthy who have also benefited as living standards for the American general public have been lowered to send more wealth into the pockets of the very, very rich.

Until Syria.

Trump is backing off Syria. Why? His official statement is that the U.S. entered the civil war in that country to save it from a rebellion. And that's a lie. The U.S. entered that war to assist the rebels.It was part of the U.S. menu for conquest of the whole middle east. And now it's off. The U.S. is backing off.

Why? This makes sense for the world. It does not make sense for U.S. billionaires, the people, (including himself), Trump is dedicated to serving. It's an intelligent move. It makes eminent sense. The U.S., after all, has no legal right to be in Syria. But U.S. foreign policy hasn't made sense in the 70 plus years since World War Two.

Nor does it signal any significant change in American aggression which is picking up in relation to Russia, China and Latin America.

For reasons not clear we are witnessing intelligent behaviour by the U.S. (Thus the anger of Republicans and of more than  a few Democrats.)

But why are we witnessing this common sense? This is what has had this blogger puzzled for several days. Does this have something to do with a deal with Russia? Did Trump suddenly realize the tremendous risk of world war he was running? And is this the beginning of the end of the American world empire?

I think I have the answer. And it's much lower down on this blog.
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But perhaps John Bolton will save the American world empire.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/05/syria-john-bolton-trump-us-chemical-weapons

(The U.S. never uses chemical weapons, of course, -  except in Vietnam and other,foreign places.)
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“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


These words appear on the Statue of Liberty. Of course, what it really meant was "send me your cheap labour". And  now, it doesn't apply at all to those Central Americans whose economies and livings have been destroyed by American and Canadian capitalists.

And this is what Trump has made a big issue to inflict hardship on the U.S. But don't worry. I'm sure the billionaires like Trump won't miss a meal.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/05/donald-trump-government-shutdown-democrats-wall
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First, we make countries unlivable. Then, when desperate people flee them, we call them evil,  and send them back.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/04/france-steps-up-efforts-prevent-channel-crossings
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The U.S. and it's imperial patsies like Canada cooperated to destroy the Venezuela economy. They're now working on destroying the Venezuela government so the country can be run by God-fearing American capitalists.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/04/nicolas-maduro-venezuela-rebuke-foreign-ministers-lima-group
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Yes. We are being robbed blind. And this is just one example of thousands of the very wealthy who hide their money.

Enjoy paying university fees?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/03/google-tax-haven-bermuda-netherlands
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http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-radio/2019/01/dry-corridor-links-between-climate-change-and-migration-central
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As an elementary school teacher, I taught children who lived in poverty. As a child, I was one of  them. I know well what it means to be hungry, to live in shabby clothes. How come we can't do better for them? We do a lot better in helping billionaires to avoid taxes.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/change-gonna-come/2019/01/re-instating-basic-income-ontario-would-help-raise-children
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/04/call-me-radical-ocasio-cortez-suggests-70-tax-rate-ultra-rich-help-pay-green-new

As this world faces the greatest  climate crisis it has ever known, most of the world helps the rich to avoid paying a cent to deal with it. Do you seriously think we can allow that?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/04/bolsonaro-unveils-mass-privatization-plan-brazil-while-slashing-taxes-rich-and-wages

Bolsonaro has the enthusiastic support of wealthy Americans.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/border-patrol-refugees-guatemala-cia-war-crimes/

Relax. I'm sure Justin Trudeau will speak out for decent behaviour. -or something.... maybe....

Canada is silent. Canadians are accomplices.
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Another complication for the Syria file?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50879.htm
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VERY long. And with much uncomfortable truth.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50873.htm
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/05/faint-signs-of-hope-in-syria-and-afghanistan/
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/04/yet-another-of-americas-runaway-bacteria-is-getting-rampant-in-europe/
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/03/why-frances-yellow-vest-protests-have-been-ignored-by-the-resistance-in-the-u-s/

We like to kid ourselves that we can made change without violence. I wish that were true. But it's extremely rare.

When I lived in New Brunswick, there was a huge demonstration against fracking for oil. The crowd was largely peaceable. The police weren't. They clubbed and arrested people from the crowd. Police snipers armed with rifles formed a wall ahead of them.

(Later, when the police discovered a few, very few, guns and knives among the crowd, the premier shrieked that it was an armed camp. (So very different from those nice police.)

The reality of our society is that violence is largely available to the billionaires, but much less so to the rest of us.
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https://greedmedia.com/bolsonaro-unveils-mass-privatization-plan-for-brazil-while-slashing-taxes-for-rich-and-wages-for-poor/

Gee - just like American presidents, Canadian prime ministers, and capitalists all over the world.
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This, perhaps, makes Trump's sudden reversal on Syria more understandable.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204433.html
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And here's another even more dramatic possibility.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204453.html
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Our 'good, democracy loving friends' in Ukraine.

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/ukraine-designates-national-holiday-to-commemorate-nazi-collaborator-1.6787201
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